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Group to examine Tennessee sentencing laws, recidivism

January 29th, 2015 8:05 am by Associated Press

Tennessee's current sentencing structure has been in place for more than 20 years, and the state's recidivism rate is averaging around 44 to 45 percent. That's the number of people returning to prison within three years of being released.

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Obama to seek to bust limits on domestic, defense spending

Obama to seek to bust limits on domestic, defense spending

January 29th, 2015 8:04 am by JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press

President Barack Obama will seek to bust through spending limits for both domestic and defense programs, negating the effects of across-the-board cuts agreed to by both Democrats and Republicans and signed by Obama into law.

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Revised projections say Insure Tennessee would cover 280K

Revised projections say Insure Tennessee would cover 280K

January 28th, 2015 10:00 pm by ERIK SCHELZIG, Associated Press

Projections for enrollment in Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to cover low-income Tennesseans have been revised to more than 280,000 people in the first year, up from original estimates of 200,000 or less.

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Not dead yet: Buried cat crawls from grave

Not dead yet: Buried cat crawls from grave

January 28th, 2015 6:30 pm by Associated Press

Earlier this month, a car hit the 1 -year-old cat. Bart's owner was so distraught, he couldn't stand the thought of burying him, so he asked neighbor to dig a shallow grave.

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California declares electronic cigarettes a health threat

California declares electronic cigarettes a health threat

January 28th, 2015 6:14 pm by Associated Press

New generations of young people will become nicotine addicts if the products remain largely unregulated, California Health Officer Ron Chapman said.

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Renting out homes for Super Bowl can bring big bucks

Renting out homes for Super Bowl can bring big bucks

January 28th, 2015 12:48 pm by ASTRID GALVAN, Associated Press

Vacation home rentals have been available in the Phoenix area for years privately and through websites such as Vrbo and Airbnb, but the focus on the Valley of the Sun has never been sharper than this week.

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Dental product company may be recipient of Washington County's secret $1M incentive package

Dental product company may be recipient of Washington County's secret $1M incentive package

January 28th, 2015 7:59 am by Nathan Baker, NET News Service

Citing a confidentiality agreement with the company, two officials referenced the company that would reap the benefits of the taxpayer funding as "Project X," despite protests from the dissenting commissioners and speakers from the public.

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Blizzard-stricken East digs out amid forecast 2nd-guessing

Blizzard-stricken East digs out amid forecast 2nd-guessing

January 28th, 2015 7:32 am by BOB SALSBERG and WILLIAM J. KOLE, Associated Press

In the New York area a glancing blow left forecasters apologizing and politicians defending their near-total shutdown on travel.

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Mormon leaders call for measures protecting gay rights

Mormon leaders call for measures protecting gay rights

January 27th, 2015 7:01 pm by Associated Press

The church is promising to support some housing and job protections for gays and lesbians in exchange for legal protections for believers who object to the behavior of others.

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Jury convicts 2 ex-Vandy players of raping woman

Jury convicts 2 ex-Vandy players of raping woman

January 27th, 2015 6:45 pm by SHEILA BURKE, Associated Press

After deliberating for three hours Tuesday, a jury convicted two ex-Vanderbilt football players of raping a former student. The two men face decades in prison when they are sentenced March 6.

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Google expanding fiber service to 4 Southeastern metro areas

Google expanding fiber service to 4 Southeastern metro areas

January 27th, 2015 6:00 pm by ERIK SCHELZIG, Associated Press

The company said it will bring gigabit-speed service to Nashville, Tennessee; Atlanta; and Raleigh-Durham and Charlotte in North Carolina. Google officials said five Western cities remain in the running for fiber down the line.

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